Ode to a Raindrop


“Areas of Fog” (Etruscan Press, 2017) is a collection of short essays by South Shore writer Will Dowd that reflects upon the beauty of New England weather. Dowd earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College, a master’s degree from MIT and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University. “Areas of Fog” is based on a journal Dowd kept, which recorded his observations about the local landscape. While most of the essays are set in Dowd’s hometown of Braintree, others reference nearby South Shore locations like Wollaston Beach in Quincy. The book was named a Massachusetts Book Awards Nonfiction “Must Read.”

The following excerpt is from one of Dowd’s essays written about spring. For more information about the author, visit willdowd.net.